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Coronavirus India Highlights: India administers record 1 crore vaccine doses in single-day

Coronavirus India Highlights: India reported 44,658 new Covid-19 cases and 496 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending at 8 AM on Friday. With this the country's caseload has increased to 3,26,03,188, while the death toll has risen to 4,36,861.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 28, 2021 9:07:09 am
A young beneficiary gets Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Sector 45 of Chandigarh. (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

Coronavirus India Highlights: India on Friday administered 1,00,64,032 vaccine doses under its Nationwide Vaccination drive. This is the highest ever vaccination achieved in a single day since the start of the vaccination drive. In another significant achievement, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage crossed 62 crore (62,09,43,580) landmark milestone as per the 7 pm provisional report today.

Meanwhile, Kerala recorded 30,000 plus daily infections for the third consecutive day on Friday with 32,801 new cases in the past 24 hours. With 179 new fatalities, the death toll in the state mounted to 20,313. Test positivity rate was recorded at 19.22 per cent.

Earlier in the day, India reported 44,658 new Covid-19 cases and 496 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending at 8 AM on Friday. With this the country’s caseload has increased to 3,26,03,188, while the death toll has risen to 4,36,861. India on Thursday completed administering at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to half its eligible adult population, as it crossed 61.10 crore cumulative vaccinations across the country.

In another development, the Delhi government has decided to reopen schools in a phased manner beginning September 1. Classes for standard 9th to 12th will begin from September 1 while classes for standard 6th to 8th will begin from September 8.

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: India reports 44,658 new Covid cases; 50% have got at least one dose; Institutional quarantine must for coronavirus patients in Nagpur

22:29 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Crossing 1 crore is a momentous feat, says PM Modi after India administers 1 crore vaccine doses in single-day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took to Twitter and said, "Record vaccination numbers today! Crossing 1 crore is a momentous feat".

22:02 (IST)27 Aug 2021
43% of ICUs and 75% of ventilators in govt sector still vacant, says Kerala Health Minister

Even as Kerala continued to report over 30,000 positive cases for the third consecutive day, Health Minister Veena George on Friday said 43 per cent of Intensive Care Units and 75 per cent of ventilators in the government sector are still vacant. While speaking to media, George said 66 per cent of beds in the Covid First Line Treatment Centres (CFLTC) are also currently vacant. She also said that Kerala was the only state which had undertaken studies related to the breakthrough infections. (PTI)

19:54 (IST)27 Aug 2021
India records highest single-day vaccine coverage yet; Over 93 lakh doses administered

India on Friday administered more than 93 lakh doses under its Nationwide Vaccination drive, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. This is the highest ever vaccination achieved in a single day since the start of the vaccination drive.

In another significant achievement, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage crossed 62 crore (62,09,43,580) landmark milestone as per the 7 pm provisional report today.

18:33 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Kerala reports 32,801 new Covid cases, 179 deaths, TPR at 19.22%

Kerala recorded 30,000 plus daily infections for the third consecutive day on Friday with 32,801 new cases in the past 24 hours. With 179 new fatalities, the death toll in the state mounted to 20,313. Test positivity rate was recorded at 19.22 per cent.

18:07 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Delhi reports zero Covid deaths, 46 new cases

Delhi on Friday reported zero Covid-19 deaths for the second successive day. Meanwhile, the state reported 46 new infections.

16:19 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Karnataka to start five lakh Covid-19 jabs daily from September 1: CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Friday said the state will start at least five lakh Covid-19 vaccinations everyday from September 1 with the help of the Centre.

"We did five lakh inoculations on a trial basis on Wednesday. Now we will start five lakh vaccinations daily from September 1," Bommai who returned here on Thursday evening after a visit to Delhi, told reporters. He said his visit to the national capital was mainly to meet Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and seek the Centre's support to start five lakh inoculations daily from September onwards. Mandaviya assured his support and said that the Centre would supply the stock of vaccines based on the consumption of the State, Bommai added. (PTI)

15:31 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Schools in Delhi to reopen in a phased manner beginning Sept 1

Schools in Delhi is set to re-open in a phased manner. Classes for std 9th to 12th will begin from September 1st. Classes for std 6th to 8th will begin from September 8th. 

15:20 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Kerala CM rejects criticism against state's Covid management as "unwanted"

At a time when the Kerala government is drawing flak for its alleged failed Covid-19 management in view of high test positivity rate and increased daily cases, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has rejected the criticism terming it as "unwanted" and suspected it as attempts to undermine people's support in its fight against the pandemic.

In an article published in the latest edition of "Chintha" weekly, one of the mouthpiece publications of the ruling CPI(M), he said a section in the society was making deliberate attempts to create confusion among people by criticising the state's disease management strategies. These moves were to trigger public sentiments against the government and thus create a situation in which the fight against the virus infection was viewed lightly by the people, he alleged.

The Chief Minister's statement assumes significance as the opposition Congress-led UDF and BJP were demanding him to end silence as the daily Covid cases had crossed the 30,000 mark after an interval this week. (PTI)

14:54 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Blood clot risk much higher from Covid-19 than after vaccination: Oxford-led study

The risk of developing adverse events such as blood clots is considerably higher after infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus than after immunisation with Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines, according to a large UK study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Friday.

The team led by researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK conducted the study on thrombocytopenia -- a condition with low platelet counts -- and thromboembolic events or blood clots following COVID-19 vaccination with Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech preventives.

Some of these events have led to restricted use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, known as Covishield in India, in a number of countries. (PTI)

13:41 (IST)27 Aug 2021
As lockdowns freeze economy, a string of suicides across Kerala

“Only once, out of the blue, he told me he had a debt of Rs 10-12 lakh. To which, I suggested selling off the house and property. But he was not ready for it,” Akhil, 23, recalled a conversation with his father G Vinod a few months before the latter died by suicide.

The bakery in Irumpupalam in Idukki district that Vinod ran for nearly eight years was not doing well. When the second wave of Covid-19 hit in early April this year prompting four months of a stern lockdown and restrictions, it slashed jobs of daily-wagers in the town, who formed the bakery’s chief clientele. To make matters worse, Vinod was injured in an accident this June while driving his auto-rickshaw down a steep slope. And when he was hospitalised, he picked up the Covid-19 virus there, forcing him to stay off work for another two weeks.

“I could figure out that he was quite tense and disturbed at that time. A couple of times we had to take him to the hospital as his blood pressure shot up and down. He had borrowed a lot of money from private lenders and the interest kept soaring. When I asked him whom to pay, he didn’t say anything,” said Akhil, who was working as a driver at the time. Read the full report here.

11:12 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Explained: What is the new AY.12 sub-lineage of Delta variant, and should you be concerned?

As the world nervously keeps a track of all the new Covid-19 variants and its sub-lineages, every virus sample is technically a new ‘variant’, as its sequence does not match with that of any other virus’ sequence.

Now, the scientists have expanded the Delta family from four to 13 variants. Some cases of the Delta variant, the most widely prevalent variant of concern in India, are being “reclassified” to another sub-lineage — AY.12 — that has been associated with a large number of cases in Israel, the India SARS-CoV-2 Genome (INSACOG) consortium, which tracks emerging variants, said in a report. Read the full explainer here. 

11:01 (IST)27 Aug 2021
U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations hit eight-month high over 100,000

The number of coronavirus patients in U.S. hospitals breached 100,000 on Thursday, the highest level in eight months, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, as a resurgence of COVID-19 spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant strains the nation’s health care system.

U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations have more than doubled in the past month. Over the past week, more than 500 people with COVID were admitted to hospitals each hour on average, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The United States reached its all-time peak for hospitalizations on Jan. 6 when there were 132,051 coronavirus-infected patients in hospital beds, according to a Reuters tally. Read the full Reuters report here. 

11:00 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Contaminant in Moderna vaccines suspected to be metallic particles: Report

A contaminant found in a batch of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccines delivered to Japan is believed to be a metallic particle, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported, citing sources at the health ministry.

Japan on Thursday suspended the use of 1.63 million doses shipped to 863 vaccination centres nationwide, more than a week after the domestic distributor, Takeda Pharmaceutical, received reports of contaminants in some vials.The NHK report, published late on Thursday, cited ministry sources as saying the particle reacted to magnets and was therefore suspected to be a metal. Moderna has described it as “particulate matter” that did not pose a safety or efficacy issue. Read the full Reuters report here. 

10:59 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Institutional quarantine must for coronavirus patients in Nagpur

In view of the rising number of Delta plus variant cases in Maharashtra, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Thursday made institutional quarantine or hospitalisation mandatory for every patient testing positive for coronavirus in the city. Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B has issued an order regarding this and directed all zone commissioners to put patients testing coronavirus positive under institutional quarantine or ensure their hospitalization, a NMC release said. (PTI)

09:48 (IST)27 Aug 2021
India reports 44,658 new Covid cases

India reported 44,658 new Covid-19 cases and 496 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending at 8 AM on Friday. With this the country’s caseload has increased to 3,26,03,188, while the death toll has risen to 4,36,861. India on Thursday completed administering at least one dose of the Covid-19vaccine to half its eligible adult population, as it crossed 61.10 crore cumulative vaccinations across the country.


09:23 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Vaccine milestone reached: 50% have got at least one dose

India on Thursday completed administering at least one dose of the Covid-19vaccine to half its eligible adult population, as it crossed 61.10 crore cumulative vaccinations across the country.

According to the government, based on the projected mid-year count for 2020, the total population of the country aged 18 years and above is approximately 94 crore. On Thursday, India completed administering 47.29 crore first doses — which is 50.30 per cent of this projected adult population.

Daily vaccinations have so far averaged 52.16 lakh doses in August, compared to 43.41 lakh doses administered in July. Read the full report here. 

18:40 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Kerala logs over 30,000 cases for second consecutive day

For the second consecutive day, Kerala reported over 30,000 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday. According to the data shared by the state health ministry, 30,007 coronavirus cases, 162 deaths and 18,997 recoveries were recorded in the last 24 hours. Active cases stood at 1,81,209. A total of 1,66,397 samples were tested in last one day while the test positivity rate is 18.03%.

17:34 (IST)26 Aug 2021
No proposal for change in dose interval between two vaccine doses: NTAGI chief

Programmatic data collection processes are on to assess vaccine effectiveness. NTAGI reviewing vaccine effectiveness data on regular basis. Currently, there's no proposal for change in dose interval for COVISHIELD, COVAXIN & SPUTNIK V under consideration: NTAGI Chief Dr NK Arora.

16:50 (IST)26 Aug 2021
September and October crucial in pandemic management because of several festivals: Govt

Warning against letting the guard down against the disease, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, "We are still in midst of Covid-19 second wave; September and October crucial in pandemic management because of several festivals." Explaining the importance of masks, Bhushan said added: "Covid-19 vaccines are disease modifying and not disease preventing, so it is very important to use mask even after vaccination."

16:26 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Weekly positivity rate more than 10% in 41 districts

Government says 41 districts in India reporting weekly positivity rate of more than 10 per cent. 

pune news today high alert, pune news today live hindi, pune lockdown latest news today, pune news live today marathi, pune news lockdown today, what is happening in pune today, pune news high alert, pune news in hindi A woman gets a shot of a Covid-19 vaccine in Pune. (Express Photo: Ashish Kale)

Warning against letting the guard down against the disease, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, "We are still in midst of Covid-19 second wave; September and October crucial in pandemic management because of several festivals." Explaining the importance of masks, Bhushan added: "Covid-19 vaccines are disease modifying and not disease preventing, so it is very important to use mask even after vaccination."

Taking a dig at the Government's asset monetisation pipeline plan, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged people to protect themselves against the coronavirus pandemic amidst a recent surge, as the government is "busy in sales", PTI reported. "Rising COVID numbers are worrying. Vaccination must pick up pace to avoid serious outcomes in the next wave," he said on Twitter.

India reported 46,164 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours ending on Thursday at 8 AM, taking the overall caseload to 3.25 crore (3,25,58,530). Meanwhile, the death toll increased to 4.36 lakh (4,36,365), with 607 fresh fatalities. Active cases have declined to 3.33 lakh (3,33,725).

Meanwhile in the United States, children are being hospitalized in record numbers across the country, with doctors are warning that it could significantly get worse as schools begin to reopen. An average of 303 children per day are being admitted to hospitals, the highest levels since the U.S. started tracking paediatric cases about a year ago, the CDC said.

 

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